From car pollution to the chemicals used on lawns, it can feel like toxins are everywhere. You can’t necessarily control all the harmful chemicals you are exposed to, but you do have control over what products you use and the foods you consume. Check out five ways to make your life all-natural.
Cook With the Safest Pans
Your non-stick pan may be one of your favorite pieces of cooking equipment. Unfortunately, your favorite pan can be harmful to your health.
With non-stick pans, they carry the risk of their non-stick coating getting scratched or dinged. When this happens, the chemical-filled coating can flake off and get into your food. The toxins in this coating have been tied to increased risk for cancer, diabetes, and thyroid disease.
Use, instead, cast iron or stainless steel when cooking. These pans are just as easy to use, and when a cast iron pan is seasoned correctly, they also become non-stick. Additionally, commit to taking care of your gut health.
Stop Using Harmful Lawn Chemicals
Many people pride themselves on the lush green grass that surrounds their homes. There is no question that thick green grass is aesthetically pleasing. However, you are compromising you, your family and the environment when you use pesticides to treat your lawn.
Exposure to lawn pesticides can adversely affect the health of people and animals. In humans, it has been linked to an increased risk of cancer, nervous system disorders and reproductive complications.
It is much safer to treat your lawn with natural and organic products. Look to lawn companies that are pesticide-free and are committed to keeping both people and the environment healthy.
Buy Organic Foods
One of the best things you can start doing for your health is to buy organic food. Certified organic foods are not treated with antibiotics, growth hormones, insecticides or pesticides. And with organic foods’ increased popularity, you can find these foods at just about any grocery store.
Natural food co-ops carry a wide selection of organics foods along with many big-box stores. And no longer are the days where organic is only for the rich, stores like Trader Joe’s and Aldi have a great organic selection at affordable prices.
There may be times when you can’t buy all organic. When this is the case, focus then on buying fruits and vegetables from the Dirty Dozen list.
This list includes strawberries, spinach, kale, nectarines, apples, grapes, cherries, peaches, pears, tomatoes, potatoes and celery. When grown conventionally, these fruits and vegetables are shown to contain the highest amounts of pesticides.
Switch Out Cleaning Products
You don’t have to use strong chemicals like bleach to achieve a clean house. You can use natural products to keep your home clean. For example, vinegar is a great all-natural cleaner.
Vinegar contains natural germ-fighting properties that kill salmonella and E. coli. It is recommended that the vinegar cleaner be half water and half vinegar for top germ-fighting power. This solution also works great for cleaning greasy stovetops, microwaves and coffee makers.
Stick to Using Glass
Plastics are everywhere from water bottles to food containers. Whenever possible, it is better to drink out of and store food in glass.
Plastic can leach toxic chemicals into food and beverages. This can be particularly problematic when heating up foods in the microwave. Instead of heating up foods in plastic dishes switch to using glass or ceramic.
Also, switch out plastic water bottles with glass or stainless steel. Drinking out of glass is not only safer but the water also tastes better. Additionally, liquids stored in stainless steel keep colder or hotter for longer periods of time.
It is impossible to have complete control over all the toxins and chemicals you and your family are exposed to. Thankfully, there are many things you can control and change. To help limit exposure to toxins and chemicals, stop using harmful lawn products, use stainless steel and cast iron pans, buy organic foods, clean with all-natural products and avoid eating and drinking out of plastic containers. You will find out that an all-natural lifestyle is not that difficult.